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Solitary Man (2010) In contrast to the emotional inertia of the character he plays, a former big-wheel car dealer gunning toward self-destruction as he nears 60, Michael Douglas… 2010-05-21 R PT90M Drama Michael Douglas Jesse Eisenberg Mary-Louise Parker Anchor Bay Entertainment
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Solitary Man (2010)

MPAA Rating: R

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Michael Douglas, Solitary Man | COLLEGE DAZE Michael Douglas and Jesse Eisenberg can't believe their eyes in Solitary Man
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COLLEGE DAZE Michael Douglas and Jesse Eisenberg can't believe their eyes in Solitary Man
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: May 21, 2010; Rated: R; Length: 90 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Michael Douglas, Jesse Eisenberg and Mary-Louise Parker; Distributor: Anchor Bay Entertainment

In contrast to the emotional inertia of the character he plays, a former big-wheel car dealer gunning toward self-destruction as he nears 60, Michael Douglas surges ahead in Solitary Man with the best work he's done in the decade since Wonder Boys. Douglas portrays Ben Kalmen, a New York player gone to seed and divorced from a good, mature woman (Susan Sarandon, equally revitalized). He's squandering the love of his adult daughter (Jenna Fischer, superb). And he's compulsively chasing inappropriate women — some as young as the college-age daughter (Imogen Poots) of his girlfriend (Mary-Louise Parker).

With an outstanding screenplay by Brian Koppelman and disciplined direction by Koppelman and David Levien, a story that could have been generic (or worse, scented with flowery bulls---) turns into a precise, honest, and affecting drama. And recognizing the gift of such a character, Douglas does Ben Kalmen the honor of playing him exactly as he lies. A-

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Originally posted May 19, 2010 Published in issue #1104 May 28, 2010 Order article reprints
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